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Early Predictions: Tony Battie

The fourth entry in our Early Predictions series is the Sixers big free agent acquisition of the summer, 34-years-young, Tony Battie.

First of all, the day the Sixers shocked the basketball world by signing Tony Battie was a dark, dark day for me. It was the first time I've made fun of an athlete for being old when he was the same age as me. Battie is only a month or two my senior, and yep. He's old. I guess I'm probably over the hill as a blogger, so it fits.

  • Minutes: 400
  • Points/game: 2.0
  • Rebs/game: 1.2
  • Ast/game: 0.1
  • Steals/game: 0.1
  • Blocks/game: 0.1
  • TOV/game: 0.2
  • DNPCDs: 32
  • FG%: 45%
  • 3PT%: NA
Battie was ostensibly brought in here to be a veteran presence and add whatever toughness the mullet cannot. I'm sure Collins likes the idea of having a guy who's been around the block on the bench (be it in street clothes, or warmups), but Battie is so far removed from being a useful NBA player (if he ever really was to begin with), that I can't help but believe he's going to be spending a ton of time in a suit.

Four hundred minutes is probably too many, I don't think he's effective enough to even fill the role carved out for Theo Ratliff two seasons ago (578 minutes), but much like with Jason Smith, I think Battie will get some burn from time to time, if for no other reason than to send a message to the other bigs.

Your thoughts in the comments, as usual. 
by Brian on Aug 4 2010
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